30+ years analytical testing experience combined with a diverse range of techniques to help you to resolve issues with potency and quality.
The right analytical laboratory partner can play a role in the success of your Cannabis brands. This requires a laboratory partner who can not only meet current regulations and as well, understand what is ahead. Our expertise is built on the foundation of over three decades of work with Natural Health Products, Botanicals, and Pharmaceuticals.
We maintain strict testing protocols and methodologies to ensure you deliver quality, consistent, and safe cannabis products to your customers. Our well-equipped laboratory and skilled personnel can help you meet the updated Health Canada mandatory cannabis testing requirements that came into effect December 2, 2019.
- Fresh Plant Materials
- Dried Products
- Oils and Extracts
Terpene Profile Analysis
Terpene potency can change from plant to plant based on factors. It can be affected by climate, age of the crop and soil type as well significantly reduced by the heat used during the extraction process that is required to create a final product.
Terpene profile testing is important to consumers that want to know precisely what your flower or finished product contains. We conduct terpene analysis on a GC/MS-HS. Our laboratory analyzes 21 primary terpenes of varying concentrations.
Potency testing for THC and CBD content is important in ensuring a high-quality product for your customers. Our laboratory conducts potency tests against potency standards to quantify how much THC and CBD is present in your cannabis product.
We perform chromatographic separation and quantitative monitoring of nine primary cannabinoids, including THC, THC-A, CBD, and CBD-A, in cannabis flower analyzed by Liquid Chromatography.
Pesticides and Mycotoxins
Not unlike agricultural food products, pesticides are used to protect Cannabis plants. The prevalence of residual pesticides in cannabis products is one of the core issues facing the industry. Health Canada has set limits of quantification (LoQ) for pesticide active ingredients in fresh cannabis, cannabis plants and dried cannabis.
Our tests for mycotoxins include:
- Aflatoxin: B1, B2, G1 and G2
- Ochratoxin a
We analyze for all Health Canada regulated pesticides and mycotoxins using LC/MS/MS.
Harmful toxic elements like heavy metals and microbials can easily be absorbed into cannabis plants primarily through uptake from soil, water, and fertilizer. Even though concentrations are at comparatively trace levels (in parts per billion or parts per trillion), they can still pose a hazard to consumers.
Our laboratory analyzes samples and quantities trace levels of heavy metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium.
Microbial Testing and Loss on Drying
We test for certain pathogenic microorganisms which typically are harmful even at low levels as they produce toxins that can cause a variety of symptoms to consumers. These include
- Total yeast and mold count
- Total aerobic count
- Bile-tolerant Gram-negative E. Coli
- Salmonella spp.
Our laboratory conducts Loss on Drying testing to determine percentage of moisture content per weight analysis to determine water activity.
Like other plant materials, Solvents are used to extract out cannabis concentrates such as cannabinoids and terpenes. This solvents include, alcohol, water (ethanol), hydrocarbon (hexane), propane, butane, or supercritical CO2.
In some cases, impurities, or residual solvents remain in the final cannabis product and analyzing their concentration is a vital element of cannabis testing.
We quantify residual solvents across Class 1,2 and 3 using headspace gas chromatography, the preferred method that allows only the volatile component of the cannabis sample to be measured.
Shelf Life and Stability Studies
Stability studies support the accuracy in product labelling.
We conduct Real Time or Room Temperature (RT), Accelerated, Intermediate and Freeze/Thaw studies to study the effects of different storage conditions on chemical stability and product quality.
Cannabinoid Profile (Potency)
Heavy Metal Analysis
Potency (as per German Pharmacopeia)
Moisture Content (Loss on Drying)
Regular Service for routine sample turnaround time is 7- 10 business days.
Rush Service available for 5 day and 2 day turnaround at additional rates.
Regular Service for routine sample turnaround time is 7- 10 business days. Rush Service available for 5 day and 2 day turnaround at additional rates.